The writer of the controversial play Behzti has won a prestigious international award for female playwrights.
Gurpreet Kaur Bhatti, who has been in hiding since the play's run at the Repertory Theatre was cut short in December after violent protests by members of the Sikh community, received the award at a ceremony in London.
The US-based Susan Smith Blackburn Prize is awarded annually for the most outstanding new Englishlanguage play by a woman and carries a cash award of approximately £7,000.
The play infuriated many in the Sikh community and a week after the opening, several hundred stormed the theatre, damaged the building and fought with police.
Fearing further violence and unable to protect the staff, cast and public the theatre closed the production the following day and Bhatti went into hiding.
Following the production's cancellation, Bhatti issued a statement which read: " Unfortunately the contents of Behzti seem to have been taken out of context by many. Surely it is only by reading or seeing the whole thing that anyone can usefully comment on the play's merits and flaws. I certainly did not write Behzti to offend.
"Religion and art have collided for centuries and will carry on doing battle long after my play and I are forgotten."
The judges agreed on the award and Matt Wolf, of Variety magazine, said: "Ms Bhatti writes with courage, intelligence and skill about family dynamics within a larger, ceaselessly fascinating social and cultural context."